This is the most sought after trophy at South Coast Skindivers Club

The Ray Schmidt Memorial Trophy is awarded to the most meritorious blue water fish caught in the competition year. The winning catch must be taken within NSW waters but does not have to be captured during a competition.

Ray was a keen spearo from a young age and a member of South Coast Skindivers Club for around 20 years. Sadly Ray was killed in an accident in 2001.

Ray competed at state & national levels as well as chasing the big fish in Portugal and other parts of the world. Ray was one of the pioneers in blue water hunting on the south coast and held the Australian record for the biggest fish speared with a 100kg Black Marlin taken off the 'Banks' on the south coast. 

Ray is sadly missed, with family and friends still in the club, but his legend lives on in this great trophy.

 

 

 The late Ray Schmidt with his then record fish a 100kg black marlin, taken unassisted on the south coast of NSW.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This great timber trophy was hand carved and donated by a mate of Rays' from the north coast and depicts a spearo with a marlin in tow. The inaugural year for the award was 2002.

 

       The Ray Schmidt Memorial Trophy for Most Meritorious Bluewater Fish

 
 

2002

Joe Hyzdal

jewfish 25kg

2003

J. Cugjali

24kg Kingfish

 

2004

Bob Vanzino

 

Wahoo 11kg

2005

Joe Hyzdal

Snapper 7.2kg

2006

Jack Lavender

Jewfish 33.4kg

2007

Warren Carter

Kingfish 26.5kg

 

2008

Warren Carter

Kingfish 18.5kg

 

 2009

Not Awarded

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010

Warren Carter

Cobia

17.4kg

 

 

 

2011

Clay Falzon

 Blue Fin Tuna

 

26kg